AND SO THE ADVENTURE CONTINUES…

If like us, once you’ve experienced the exciting hidden world of our show cave, you want the adventure to continue...
Escape beneath the forest. Discover where the next turn takes you, emerge in a world seen by few eyes. Dare to go deeper!

BEYOND THE BEATEN PATH

(SEMI-DEEP CAVING)

Follow your curiosity further and take an adventure behind the barriers, off the well-trodden track. Perfect for younger groups or those that want the adventure to continue, but aren’t ready for anything too challenging; the semi-deep caving experience crawls, slithers and clambers into areas visitors wouldn’t normally venture. Gear up with helmets and lamps and get a little dirty; starting on the public tour then going off route with our experienced and knowledgeable guides to discover areas last seen by generations of our mining past.

A perfect experience for all ages, activity trips, birthdays, or just those with a curious nature. A memorable trip. Allow 2 hours.

Small groups are led by experienced and knowledgeable guides. The 2hrs includes time for kitting up etc, arrive at least 10mins before the booked time to check in.

Adults: £20.00           Children: £15.00

All young persons (over 7 years and under 18 years) must be accompanied by a responsible adult.

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DARE TO GO DEEPER!

(DEEP LEVEL CAVING)

Under the Forest, is a labyrinth of 250 acres of passageways and caverns to explore and countless more acres still to be discovered. Walk, crawl, slither and descend 200ft (18om) underground through natural and mined features. Get geared up and our experienced guide will take you on adventures suitable for a variety of skills, thrills and occasions.

We supply helmets, lamps, overalls, wellies and any other safety equipment required, plus of course your mine leader, who after discussion with your group will choose a route to suit everyone’s ability and interests. Allow 3 hours.

Small groups are led by experienced and knowledgeable guides. The 3hrs includes time for kitting up etc, arrive 10minutes before the booked time to check in.

Adults: £30.00        Children: £25.00

All young persons (over 7 years and under 18 years) must be accompanied by a responsible adult.

CONQUER THE UNKNOWN WITH THE CLASS, CO-WORKER, OR CREW

(SCHOOL & GROUPS)

From the very first days the Caves opened to the public in 1968, we have taken groups underground. Educational groups are a speciality, we provide exciting guided trips and caving activities for many schools, primary and secondary, as well as for colleges and university level. The elements of education and fun are balanced to suit the group’s interests or projects. Subjects can range from: how the miners worked; cave formation; geology; limestone; iron; Victorians; child labour in mines; to elements such as underground, light and dark, rocks etc, or just simply a physical adventure.

Please telephone to book so that we can apply any special group discounts and make sure we organise guides suitable to the group’s requirements.

There are four main types of visit available to groups:

SELF GUIDED VISIT

The group lead themselves through the show caverns.

Allow 40mins-1hr*

GUIDED TOUR

Groups are led through the show caverns by experienced mine guides.

Allow 1-1.5hrs*

SEMI-DEEP LEVEL VISIT

A part guided tour of the show mine and 1hr caving activity. The group wear helmets, lamps and overalls, will be crawling in places and also get a little dirty.

Allow 2hrs*

DEEP LEVEL VISIT

The group are kitted out with helmets, lamps, overalls and wellies and go on a 2hr caving activity, involving crawling and scrambling down to 200ft underground, through cave and mine workings.

Allow 3hrs*

* Times shown are just for the underground part of the visit, extra time should be allowed for arrival, use of loos, shop, café etc. Times can be varied if you let the guide know when you arrive.

LOWER LEVEL CAVING FAQs

What ability is required?

The trips are caving activities, suitable for absolute beginners, through to experienced cavers. There are no requirements, as long as you are reasonably able bodied and willing to do some simple crawling, slithering and scrambling in places. The trips are adapted to suit the least able person in the group.

Can a child go on their own?

Children under 18 years must be accompanied by their responsible adult throughout the trip.

What clothing do I need to wear?

Wear loose warm clothing you do not mind getting dirty. We supply overalls but you will still get a little grubby. Do not overdress as you will get warm, because you keep moving throughout most of the trip.

Will I get wet during the trip?

No. It is a dry cave/mine system with occasional drips and puddles in places, but you remain dry and warm throughout the trip.

What age is it suitable for?

We normally do caving activities from 7 years upwards, as long as you are generally able bodied, there is no upper age limit. If you have concerns please telephone to book and we can advise you.

Can I change my booking after I have made it?

We will do our best to help you change your booking up to 2 days before you are due to come, to another scheduled time slot, availability permitting.

Can I cancel my ticket?

We can refund your ticket(s) up to 2 days before the booked time for the trip. After this time we can try to transfer the ticket to another scheduled trip, subject to availability. There is a £5.00 cancellation fee for any refund (fee per transaction, not per ticket), to cover the card and ticketing charges we have paid. Refunds are paid back by the ticketing company, to the original card.

I have health problems can I still do the caving trip?

If you have health problems we would recommend consulting your doctor before undertaking any caving activities. We try to adapt caving activities to suit any ability; if you have concerns, book by phone and let us know if you might have health issues and we can advise you. The guide however has the ultimate say on who they are willing to take on a trip.

What equipment do you provide?

We supply helmets, lamps, overalls, wellies and any safety equipment required and of course, we provide your experienced mine leader.

What footwear should I bring?

We recommend that if possible everyone arrives wearing walking boots or wellies with good treads. We do have some wellies available if you do not have anything appropriate.

Will I feel claustrophobic?

This obviously depends on the person; caving activities do not suit everyone. In places you need to crawl or slither through passageways, the crawls however are fairly short and the caverns you visit are very large, with most of the trip being walking. Many visitors have some apprehension, because caving is such an unfamiliar activity. Once underway their unfamiliarity lifts and the trip can be enjoyed. Apprehensive visitors often remark how once they have got underway they have thoroughly enjoyed the whole experience.

Can I telephone through my order for tickets or call in and book?

You can do either. Your booking will be added into the same system, but you can call us or call in to the Caves to book if you wish to. This might be useful if you would like more information about the trips.

What are the full terms and conditions of our online booking?

We have all our terms and conditions shown here.

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